Recent police reforms don’t keep police from doing job

I spent a considerable amount of time working on police reform bills that our state Legislature passed last session. I couldn’t agree more with the Aug. 15 commentary by Rep. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, that these bills that went into effect on July 25, do not prevent law enforcement from continuing to do their important of work of showing up to scenes they’ve been called to.

The goals of these bills are to reduce violence and increase accountability in our law enforcement agencies; in other words to change the culture of policing from warriors to guardians of our communities. This effort was led by family members who’ve lost loved one during encounters with police; their voice and experience is critical to the continuing transformation of how police respond to calls. Our coalition appreciates the important work that police officers do; we just want them to do it with less violence and more transparency.

Paul Benz


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